November 13, 1997 |
It's not the sort of play you would expect at a church-affiliated school like Cal Lutheran University. Ads for it warn: "Contains graphic depictions of sexuality and violence and is recommended for mature audiences only." When "Vinegar Tom" opens today on the small, quiet Thousand Oaks campus, viewers may be shocked. After all, the props for the set include a dildo, G-string, bull whip and handcuffs. During the production, images--some of them nude--will flash on television screens.
January 30, 2013 |
Jay-Z's Roc Nation will now manage multi-platinum hitmaker Timbaland, the company announced on its website Wednesday. “We would like to welcome Timbaland to the Roc Nation family!,” reads the caption under a photo of the innovative producer-rapper in the studio with Jay-Z. Jay-Z, who founded the entertainment company in 2008, also posted the shot on his Life + Times blog and quoted one of their many collaborations, "Hola Hovito. " "And I won't surrender It With Beats," the title of the post reads.
October 15, 1995
Regarding sexual bias and exploitation, Turan's observation that only women are singled out for this type of onscreen treatment is crucial. The old '60s refrain that "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem" applies here. Why aren't women conscious of this phenomenon? Why do they passively attend such films with their significant others--without protest? As long as women ignore the disempowering impact of contributing to the box-office gross of these films, Hollywood will continue to serve up still more appalling fare--for each must aim for greater shock value than the last.
July 19, 1997
This letter was prompted after reading the "In the Know" column (June 30) and the article "Can They Save Summer?" It talked about the concerns studios are having with a declining box office, a big smash opening and then lagging attendance. Wise up, you jerks. Give us a few films that depict real people behaving and speaking realistically. I am an old man, over 70 years here in Southern California. We like movies; we are complaining about the gratuitous use of profanity. Why do they (producers, writers, directors)
July 26, 1987
I found it disturbing that 20th Century Fox has made "Less Than Zero" a "much more moralistic story." To change such a vehicle to reflect the world as it should be is an unfortunate mistake. The shock value in "Less Than Zero" is derived from the realization that its scenes have a chilling ring of truth. Gender confusion, promiscuity and hustling are as much realities in Los Angeles today as is rampant drug use. Pretended ignorance will not serve us in facing these issues. In an interview in the Los Angeles Times Magazine some months ago, Bret Easton Ellis expressed his fears that Hollywood would weaken and trivialize his novel.
September 13, 1997
Oh, please! To refer to Robert Gober's assembly as "art" serves only to insult both those with talent and those with taste ("Articles of Faith for This World," Sept. 9). Gober's Virgin is nothing more than a timeworn device used by no-talent hacks who attempt to obscure the worthlessness of their effort with enough shock value that they hope will stifle criticism of their otherwise uninspired piece. What next, Gober, a crucifix in a jar of urine? Oh, pardon me . . . that's been done already, hasn't it?